Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tom's Way of Skyping

Tom has the funniest sense of humor.
 One of the reasons I married him.
And probably one of reasons we have been married so long.
(he even has his own blog but it's not for the faint of heart)

When he Skypes with our grandchildren, 
you can never can predict what he will do.
He dresses up in hats, uses props, or plays tricks 
of some sort with the kids.

 Here he is with binoculars.
"Ohh Papa", they all said in unison.
 He has so much fun entertaining them.

This picture was taken off the computer, while skyping.
It was grand kids turn to entertain Papa.
They got dressed in their water vests.
We all laughed at who was funnier!

Here they all are!
Ila May had to take her vest off 
because she couldn't sit down with it on.

We are heading over to Idaho so Tom can meet Silas!

This will be so much fun!

Interesting Facts about Skype:

Founded in August 2003, Skype is the leading global Internet communications company.

Skype is headquartered in Luxembourg with offices in Europe, United States and Asia.

Skype was acquired by eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) in October 2005.

In 2008, Skype posted total revenue of $143 million, representing 46 percent year-over-year growth and delivered the seventh consecutive quarter of profitability

Every day millions of people use Skype software to communicate with others through free voice and video calls, as well as instant messages. 

Skype is a global phenomenon - in  2008, Skype added 32 million users - ending the quarter with more than 370 million users, representing an increase of 51 percent from a year ago.

In  2008, Skype-to-Skype minutes reached nearly 16 billion, a 63 percent increase year over year, and SkypeOut minutes increased 54 percent versus last year to 2.2 billion

Skype's 370 million registered users have made more than 100 billion minutes worth of free Skype-to-Skype calls.

Skype software is extremely secure, sustainable, and scalable. At peak times, there are over 14 million concurrent users and over 300,000 simultaneous calls. There are more than 100,000 information queries on the network each second.

Skype accounted for 6% of the world's international calling minutes in 2007, according to preliminary data released by TeleGeography Research.

Skype is available in over 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world.

30% of Skype users use Skype for business purposes.

More than 25% of Skype-to-Skype calls include video.


  1. Christine
    The kids are adorable-Bob too!
    what great memories the kids will have of their g'pa.
    I'm a big fan of syoe too.
    Have a wonderful visit-I know you will!

  2. This is wonderful..just soooooooooo both win the grandparents award.
    Yes skyping...our daughter's wedding has been mentioned on Skyping because my son skyped it for my parents to see, since my dad had just had a stroke and missed the wedding. The nurses watched the wedding with my parents through skyping.

  3. Love this, Christine.
    And I can identify in so many ways.
    We began using Skype in 2005 when we lived and did ministry in Budapest, Hungary. It was truly a "life-line" to staying connected with our children, but more importantly with our grandchildren who would forget our faces/voices if we didn't remind them "in person" frequently. Since we sometimes only made it home once a year, it was a way to maintain a relationship with toddlers and pre-schoolers and even get the babies comfortable with our faces.
    And my hubby, like yours, always uses it to play silly games. I remember the time he did the ancient "I've got your nose" trick by grabbing at the screen and holding his thumb between his fingers. And the just 3 year old started crying and told him to give her nose back. Usually, though, they love his antics. And even in the States, it makes calls with grandchildren so much better.
    Thanks for sharing your light-hearted post and also for the interesting Skype facts I didn't know.
    I may just have to do a 1-minute devotion on skype and link it to yours.
    Bless you,

  4. Precious! What a gift Tom is giving to his grands. Not just a laugh but a desire to make others laugh. A rare possession!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. Tom is such a character! I laughed out loud at the binoculars. You are giving your grandchildren a precious gift. Have a safe trip. I know Tom must be anxious to meet Silas!

  6. Oh, Christine, I love this post! AND ... girlfriend, I am generally very computer savvy, but I'm having issues learning how to skype (pity, since we just came home from a three-week holiday and I couldn't figure out how to skype my sugar plum).

    Here's the deal, my old laptop has no webcam, but we can purchase that separately. My problem is I have a Skype account; I just don't know how to get started. LOL! HELP!!! Can you email me? (

  7. I just love this post,Christine, I also visited Tom's blog and laughed so much, he really sounds like a great Grandpa, and guy too! Thanks for sharing.

  8. What would we ever do without Skype, Christine? I love Tom's way of making it extra fun!! Oh, that's a precious little family!! Y'all travel safely and ENJOY!! hugs and blessings ~ tanna

  9. Hi Christine...such fun! Have a lovely and safe time away! Hugs ♥ Teri

  10. Too funny! Glad to see the grand kids also dressing up.

    Also, interesting facts about Skype. Thanks!

    Have a great weekend!

  11. We SKYPE with our youngest daughter in Okinawa who SKYPES with her Marine hubby who is in Afghanistan. He also SKYPES with his parents and we are all thankful to keep in touch from such a distance. I also SKYPE with my oldest daughter in Indiana and our first granddaughter almost every day. Tanna is right; what would we do without it?
    Your guys are model grandparents!
    Hugs, Debbie

  12. Praise God for the gift of intelligence he has given. I say that often, and I say it this morning for the gift of technology. What I wouldn't have given to be able to SKYPE with my grandparents when we moved 1000 miles away from them. I love what your Tom does. Believe it or not, as quiet as my husband is, I can TOTALLY see him doing stuff like that.

    They are so adorable. I love that Ila May had to take her vest off to sit. So cute.

  13. Oh, that is a riot! I bet the grands can't wait to see what he'll do next! :)

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!

  14. Skype... what a wonderful way to stay connected with loved ones! And your Tom looks like the most fun Papa!

    You mentioned the his sense of humor was one of the reasons you married him... funny mention that, because being able to find the humour and laugh at the same things was right at the top when I met Rick.

    And you're right, it's the humour that keeps things 'lighter' when things get rough.

  15. This is so cute! Tom is one great and funny grandpa! Enjoy your visit in Boise! Praying for journey mercies for you! :)


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